Thursday, March 25, 2010

Initial Impressions: Azaghal: Omega

Finland has a reputation in metal. In most genres, Finland is known for producing some truly unique bands. Amorphis, Children of Bodom, Kalmah, and Demilich all came from Finland. So too did Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius and more. As for black metal, Finland is known for an especially primal, raw breed of bands. Groups like Beherit, Horna, Impaled Nazarene, and Behexen are all Finnish black metal bands. So too is Azaghal, if you haven't figured it out by this paragraph.

Azaghal is a rather typical black metal band from Finland. The band uses fast, chaotic riffs, a veritable wall of sound, and constantly pummelling drums. The music is extremely aggressive and very raw. Azaghal, like many other Finnish black metal bands, uses their sound to beat the listener into submission. It's an extremely powerful album. Their music is similar to Immortal from Norway, but only in the manner of the extremely fast riffs.

Azaghal has been around for about 15 years but have remained largely underground, even as far as black metal is concerned. This is typical of the band's scene, but it does not make them unworthy of listening. This is pure, hateful-sounding black metal. Listener discretion is advised.

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